Gunshot murder in Hazelwood; man wounded in Lents shooting

Week #75 Shooting Report | Gunshots continue to punctuate the night across outer East Portland. Where? Check our ‘Shots Fired Log’ for this week’s list …

There seems to be no ‘Holiday break’ for Portland Police Bureau officers; from Lents to Hazelwood – and in eight more neighborhoods – they continue responding to shootings and “Shots Fired” calls on our streets.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As the elected officials of the City of Portland prepare to enjoy their Holiday Season, shootings, and gunshot murders continue to strip outer East Portland neighbors of their peace.

First, this week’s shooting stories; then, on to the “Shots Fired Log” for East Portland.

Man injured in shooting during standoff at Lents Park

Two PPB SERT armored vehicles immobilized a smashed-up car, with a reportedly-armed man inside who refused to come out. It was on SE Holgate Boulevard at 88th Avenue.

On Saturday night, December 11, after hours of negation, a man – believed to be armed – was taken into custody near Lents Park, and then was sent to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

At 7:51 p.m. that evening, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers signaled for a vehicle to stop in the area of SE 92nd Avenue and Schiller Street – near the southern vehicle entrance of Walker Stadium at Lents Park.

Instead of complying, the driver sped away, trying to elude officers. Now a suspect, the male driver turned west on SE Holgate Boulevard, but he didn’t get far.

Standing near the SERT/CNT Command Center, officers plan how to best resolve the situation.

“A ‘vehicle intervention technique’ was used on the vehicle, causing it to crash at SE Holgate Boulevard and 88th Avenue,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told reporters after the incident was over.

“At some point during the incident, shots were fired. Officers began negotiating with the suspect, attempting to convince him to surrender,” Sgt. Allen continued.

Here’s a look at the scene, just after the subject is taken into custody. PPB image

Because the man was reportedly armed, the PPB’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) arrived, for what Sgt. Allen referred to as “an officer involved shooting”.

After about two hours of negotiation, the man in the car gave up. Immediately after he was taken into custody, the subject was rushed off by ambulance to a local hospital, for evaluation and treatment.

Officers confirm that inside this ambulance, heading away to a hospital, is the suspect involved in the incident.

On Wednesday, December 15, the person who – until his formal booking – was referred to simply as an “adult male”, was released from the hospital.

That subject was then identified as 39-year-old Joshua William Degerness of Portland, and he was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 6:45 p.m. that evening, on five (5) Felony charges: Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Attempt to Elude (vehicle).

Facing multiple Felony charges in connection with this incident is 39-year-old Joshua William Degerness. MCDC booking photo

At his arraignment, Degerness learned that he’d been assigned an additional Felony charge of Parole Violation. The combined bail for Degerness was set at $285,000; he remains behind bars downtown at the MCDC.

The case is still under investigation. If you have information about this incident, please contact Detective Mike Jones by email at; or, Detective Travis Law, – or call 503-823-0395. A Case Number has not been provided.

Man dies in Hazelwood Shooting

Just east of the Menlo Park TriMet Park-and-Ride lot along East Burnside Street, officers close off the road after discovering a man shot dead.

An evening after the first incident, above, on December 12, East Precinct officers were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. on a shooting in the 12400 block of East Burnside Street.

Arriving officers found a dead man, and cordoned off the crime scene. PPB Homicide Division detectives arrived to take over the investigation.

Although the investigation closed eastbound East Burnside from SE 122nd to 124th Avenues, the nearby TriMet MAX line service was not interrupted.

Officials identified this teenager, Christian Z. McNeill, as Portland’s 82nd homicide. Family provided photo

On December 15, officials revealed that the victim of the murder was 18-year-old Christian Z. McNeill. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and determined McNeill died from a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide. This death pushed Portland’s number of homicides to 82 for 2021.

This case is still under investigation. If you have information about it – it’s Case No. 21-346730 – you are asked to please contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler at or (503)823-1040; or, Detective Joe Corona at, at (503)823-0508.

Hospital treats ‘walk-in’ shooting victim

A person with a gunshot wound arrived here, at the Emergency Department of Adventist Medical Center, by private vehicle.

Late on December 10, a person with at least one gunshot wound sought treatment in the Adventist Medical Center Emergency Department. After being alerted by staff – as required by law – PPB East Precinct officers were dispatched to look into the apparent shooting at 4:23 p.m.

The victim was said to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries; but declined to provide officers with any helpful information. In fact, it is still unknown where the shooting occurred. If you know more, send a tip via email to, and reference Case No. 21-344242.


This week, officers were dispatched to investigate these 48 “Shots Fired” calls:

December 9
21-343026       12/09/2021 00:02:43   14900 Block of SE DIVISION ST
21-343027       12/09/2021 00:03:22   SE 78TH AVE / SE TAYLOR ST
21-343893       12/09/2021 19:12:25   SE DIVISION ST / I205 FWY
21-343945       12/09/2021 20:17:47   12400 Block of NE OREGON ST
21-343984       12/09/2021 21:13:27   16900 Block of SE DIVISION ST
21-343990       12/09/2021 21:22:50   15800 Block of SE STARK ST
21-343992       12/09/2021 21:27:44   NE GLISAN ST / NE 97TH AVE
21-344000       12/09/2021 21:30:36   3800 Block of NE 141ST DR
21-343999       12/09/2021 21:31:58   2600 Block of NE 138TH PL
21-344038       12/09/2021 22:40:36   SE 117TH AVE / SE STARK ST
21-344064       12/09/2021 23:06:55   4400 Block of SE 80TH AVE

December 10
21-344146       12/10/2021 01:00:38   10400 Block of SE PINE ST
21-344168       12/10/2021 01:49:49   9700 Block of NE PRESCOTT ST
21-344187       12/10/2021 02:31:14   10700 Block of NE SIMPSON ST
21-344222       12/10/2021 03:36:25   5700 Block of SE 74TH AVE
21-344333       12/10/2021 07:43:17   E BURNSIDE ST / SE 82ND AVE
21-344824       12/10/2021 17:53:30   WB I84 FWY AT / EXIT 9 & I205 FWY
21-344881       12/10/2021 19:03:09   SE POWELL BLVD / I205 FWY
21-344978       12/10/2021 21:33:59   00 Block of SE 119TH AVE

December 11
21-345176       12/11/2021 02:47:07   6400 Block of SE 82ND AVE
21-061181     12/11/2021 03:45:32   10100 Block of NE SHAVER ST
21-345218     12/11/2021 04:06:18   10200 Block of NE SHAVER ST

21-345346       12/11/2021 08:47:36   11400 Block of NE SANDY BLVD
21-345927       12/11/2021 21:47:59   00 Block of SE 126TH AVE
21-345985       12/11/2021 21:51:38   SE 111TH AVE / SE HAROLD ST

December 12
21-346122       12/12/2021 01:59:21   4700 Block of NE 97TH AVE
21-346132       12/12/2021 02:17:09   16000 Block of NE SISKIYOU ST
21-346171       12/12/2021 03:50:09   4800 Block of NE 100TH AVE
21-346351       12/12/2021 10:10:50   1100 Block of SE 168TH AVE
21-346787       12/12/2021 20:14:53   4000 Block of NE 129TH PL

December 13
21-347284       12/13/2021 12:06:12   NE 126TH AVE / E BURNSIDE ST
21-347598       12/13/2021 19:15:25   10300 Block of NE HALSEY ST
21-347737       12/13/2021 23:16:16   1600 Block of SE 130TH AVE

December 14
21-051673       12/14/2021 05:51:57   NE HALSEY ST / NE 162ND AVE
21-348493       12/14/2021 18:10:27   NE 91ST AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
21-348522       12/14/2021 18:40:35   2000 Block of NE 65TH AVE
21-348570       12/14/2021 19:44:05   4800 Block of SE 139TH AVE
21-348577       12/14/2021 19:55:29   12500 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
21-051790       12/14/2021 22:07:10   1200 Block of NE 162ND AVE
21-348684       12/14/2021 22:56:39   5400 Block of NE 112TH AVE
21-348694       12/14/2021 23:06:45   12600 Block of NE RUSSELL ST

December 15
21-348842       12/15/2021 03:57:04   SE CLINTON ST / SE 120TH AVE
21-348853       12/15/2021 04:19:53   3500 Block of SE 122ND AVE
21-349602       12/15/2021 23:18:42   4700 Block of SE 72ND AVE

December 16
21-349730       12/16/2021 02:58:08   10800 Block of NE SHAVER ST
21-051956       12/16/2021 04:45:58   00 Block of NE 162ND AVE
21-350317       12/16/2021 16:39:04   3300 Block of SE 153RD AVE
21-350355       12/16/2021 17:45:21   NE 133RD AVE / E BURNSIDE ST

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Will the steady rhythm of shots across East Portland pause – at least for Christmas?

We’re always hopeful that shootings will cease completely; but, we’d be satisfied with just a week’s pause. Check back next week to see what’s transpired in your outer East Portland neighborhood.

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